It’s DTY not DIY

Do you do a CBCT on every ortho case you treat? Do you mount models for every case? Do you spend an hour in the new patient consult? Do you record periodontal probing for every tooth on every patient?...

AAO Conflict of Interest?

Since we wrote a couple pieces about KOL’s, what they say, why they say it and how you can learn about how much they are paid, this discussion has taken on a life of its own. If you’re not clear o...

Carriere Motion & MEAW – Birds of a Feather

The last couple weeks have been more interesting than usual. I attended the SAO in New Orleans – the first time I’d been to an AAO constituency meeting in a while – and was shocked b...

DIY Medicine?

Everyone agrees Telemedicine is a thing. It has been for several decades. The American Telemedicine Association was established in 1993 and the number of patients accessing real doctors via Telehealth...

Key Stressors in the Orthodontic Office

It shouldn’t be but practicing orthodontics and running an orthodontic business is generally considered  very stressful by orthodontists. Conceiving, implementing and getting Smiley Face running wa...

You’re Asking the Wrong Questions

I get survey requests from the AAO regularly and I like to take them to see what residents, and thus their faculty, think is important. It also gives insight into what the people handing out grants ar...

Orthodontist with $1,000,000.00 in Student Debt

Utah Orthodontist, Dr. Mike Meru was featured yesterday in The Wall Street Journal for his outlier status of being one of 101 people in the US with a seven-figure student debt. I find the article int...

AAO, Orthodontists Share Article on TeleDentistry

So the AAO shared this on their FB page and it’s been re-shared 192 times (by orthodontists no doubt) but did any of them actually read this article? Do orthodontists and the AAO really think Di...

A Call for Professionalism

I listened to the talk “A Call for Professionalism” by Dr. Peter Greco and Dr. Eladio DeLeon, Jr. on the AAO member website (their talk starts about 1:34:00) and it was interesting to say the leas...

Protecting the Public?

The last time organized dentistry and dental boards tried to “protect the public” they warned of the dangers of tooth whitening done outside the office of a licensed dentist. Of course there was n...